Pelvic congestion syndrome could be the cause of your pelvic pain. The medical condition causes painful symptoms in the lower part of your stomach or the pelvic area, preventing you from accomplishing your tasks. The Houston interventional radiology clinic at Alate Health uses state-of-art technology to diagnose and treat PCS, restoring the quality of your life.
An overview of pelvic congestion syndrome
Pelvic congestion syndrome remains to be a dominant cause of pelvic pain. It is a chronic pelvic condition due to the development of varicose veins in the pelvis. These unsightly are similar to those that develop in your legs. When the valves in your veins malfunction, blood trickles backward, accumulating in one place.
This disorder causes the dilation of your veins, allowing turbulent blood flow, eventually leading to nerve pain and inflammation. The signature symptom of pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) is a dull pain that may deteriorate at varying times. The syndrome is more common in women who have given birth at least once.
The signature symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome
Most PCS patients describe having dull, constant discomfort that gets worse after prolonged standing, during sexual activity, a few days before menstruation, and in the nights. You might also detect bulging veins in front of your vagina, varicose veins on your butt or upper thighs, and an agitated bladder in addition to the dull aching.
If you experience these symptoms, do not hesitate to approach the Alate Health team for a comprehensive physical exam. If your pelvic pain is debilitating, visit the nearest emergency room to prevent life-threatening complications. If it is pelvic congestion syndrome, the medical team will develop a treatment plan for you.
Factors elevating your risk of pelvic congestion syndrome
Medical experts are yet to determine the exact trigger of PCS, but they attribute its development to several factors that increase your risk. Women aged 45 years and below have higher chances of developing the syndrome. Other factors that may increase your risk include polycystic ovaries, multiple pregnancies, the fullness of your leg veins, and a retroverted uterus. A history of varicose veins can also elevate the risk of pelvic congestion syndrome occurrence.
Diagnosis and treatment of pelvic congestion syndrome
Many factors can lead to pelvic pain, making diagnosing PCS or another medical condition difficult. Your doctor may recommend several tests to rule out the disease. They may include X-rays for pelvic veins, ultrasound, blood tests, CT scans, and diagnostic laparoscopy.
After detecting PCS, Dr. Doe may immediately recommend embolization therapy. It prevents blood from flowing back into your pelvic veins. Your provider conducts this minimally invasive procedure by inserting tiny catheters in the problematic veins and correcting them with embolic coils.
You may need to remain at the facility for a few hours before your provider signs the discharge forms. You are free to embark on your daily activities after three or five days. Dr. Doe often recommends embolization therapy because it has a 98-100% success rate, quick recovery, and improved symptoms in 85% of women,
Call the Alate Health office or book an appointment online for a comprehensive treatment plan.